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Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche betting odds & handicapping preview – March 24th

Betting Man? Will Canucks maintain their dominance over the Avs?

The Vancouver Canucks finish up a four game road trip on Saturday night with a date against the Colorado Avalanche, a team that they have gone 13-0-2 against in their last 15 meetings.

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Vancouver Canucks (44-21-9) at Colorado Avalanche (40-31-5)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 24, 2012
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Broadcast: CBC, ALT (HD)
Canucks vs. Avalanche Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+240)
Moneyline: Canucks -119: Avalanche +108
Over/Under: 5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

Like most of the teams that Vancouver has played lately however, the Avalanche are hot going 7-2-1 in their last 11 games and are desperately fighting for a playoff position.

The Canucks will once again be forced to play without their top offensive weapon Daniel Sedin after it was revealed that he did indeed suffer a concussion at the hands, I mean elbow of Duncan Keith.

This is especially significant considering that the Canucks have scored just three times in the first three games of their current four game road trip.

Despite the scoring slump, Vancouver still owns the fifth best goals for in the NHL. Without Daniel Sedin however, somebody has to pick up the slack. But Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows are pointless in their last four games and Chris Higgins hasn’t registered a point in three.

Sami Salo is pointless in four games on the blue line and Kevin Bieksa has managed just one point in his last four. Mason Raymond has woken up with two points in two games and Henrik Sedin has three – two assist games in his last five. The offense is sporadic and slumping to say the least.

Roberto Luongo played well in his last outing against Chicago but just may get the night off to close out the road trip. Lou is 0-3-1 in his last five appearances with a 4.43 goals against average while Cory Schneider is 10-1-1 in his last 12 starts.

The Colorado Avalanche are the quintessential middle of the pack team – 15th in goals for, 13th in goals against and 11th on their power play and penalty killing.

They have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games but with just six games remaining in their season they find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. Desperation is an understatement for Colorado on Saturday night.

The Avalanche are a slightly different team from the one that has lost all four meetings with the Canucks this season. New acquisitions have made a huge difference – Jamie McGinn has seven goals and four assists in 12 games since joining the Avs and Steve Downie has 12 points in 12 games since coming over to Colorado.

Paul Stastny has also been playing well and has three points in his last two games. Some help from Colorado’s other stars would be nice however – Milan Hejduk is pointless in six games and Ryan O’Reilly has just four points in 12 games.

Canucks vs. Avalanche

Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Lines & Handicapping

Seymon Varlamov will likely get the start in goal Saturday night. He had won five straight games before losing on Thursday night and is 2-1-0 with an impressive 1.64 goals against average in his last three starts.

However, Varlamov is 0-3-0 with a 3.54 goals against average in his three starts versus Vancouver this year.

Dave’s wont cost you anything Canucks vs. Avalanche betting prediction

Vancouver is 12-4 in their last 16 Saturday games and is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings against Colorado.

It is extremely difficult to imagine anything other than a win for Vancouver against a Colorado team that they have absolutely owned the last few seasons.

But Vancouver is wounded and they are nothing like the team that they were earlier in the season.

Despite Vancouver’s struggles, look for them to rally around their concussed Assistant Captain and to end the road trip with a win against a team that simply can’t beat them.

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -119

Here are some interesting Player Props for Saturday’s game:

Shane O’Brien Penalty Minutes
Line = 0.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

Gabriel Landeskog Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Henrik Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Alex Burrows Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Kevin Bieksa Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Total First Period Goals
Line = 1.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Vancouver Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

Colorado Shots on Goal
Line = 31.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Colorado Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Chris Higgins Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

Game Links

Game 75 Canucks vs. Avalanche: Putting the pieces together
– NWSB Vancouver Canucks Inside Josh Hall rumbles down the top keys to Saturday night’s tilt with the Colorado Avalanche. Is Gabriel Landeskog someone the Canucks should really be afraid of now or down the road? Is this a first round playoff preview? When will Daniel Sedin return and should we even worry about it right now.

Managing Editor “Q’s” Gameday Notes + Preview

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Dave B is from Beautiful BC. A Fantasy Football writer for 10+ years. A gambler, and a sucker for an early Vegas line. Loves to bet on the NHL, and NFL. A couch potato wannabe, BC Lions, Canucks, & Seahawks fan. Hope’s for world peace + global relaxation.
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  • http://theflyingv.com/ Kevin Vanstone

    Like your pick going with the Canucks again tonight. With the NW division on the line and a chance to sweep the season series vs. the Avalanche I think the boys in blue and green will get it done again tonight. 

  • http://twitter.com/prfctsoundforvr Richard Hodges

    i would not mind facing the avs in the first round

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